How to Make Spooky Spiderweb Cupcakes

by Abbey Rodriguez ; Updated August 23, 2018

Halloween is the holiday for spooks and sweets, and these cupcakes are ghoulishly perfect for a party that needs both. Creepy-crawly creatures are lurking in corners, and they have climbed their way to the tops of these spooky spiderweb cupcakes! The devil's food cake flavor pairs nicely with the wispy cobwebs, and it's a decadently rich taste that even a vampire will want to sink his teeth into. Get ready to give your guests a fright as they partake in this sinfully delicious treat.

Make the Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, blend together the cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water on medium-high speed for about two minutes, until the batter is smooth. Line two cupcake tins with the baking cups. Pour the cake batter into each cup until all are halfway full. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes, and then remove the tins from the oven. Let the cupcakes cool for about 15 minutes.


  • Stick a toothpick into the middle of the cupcakes to check if they are done. If it comes out doughy, it needs more time. If it comes out clean, they are ready to be removed from the oven.

Frost the Cupcakes

Using a small offset icing spatula, frost each cupcake with a thin layer of dark chocolate frosting. Mix four to five drops of the liquid white icing into the cookie icing container. Shake well. Holding the tip of the icing container about three inches from the cupcake top, make a thin swirl around the entire cupcake.

Place a sharp toothpick into the middle of the cupcake. Drag a line toward the outside edge of the cupcake. Repeat this process, making each web about one half-inch apart, until there are nine lines and the web is complete.

Serve Spiderweb Cupcakes

Let the frosting settle for a few minutes. Add plastic spiders for an eerie effect, if desired, and then serve immediately. Enjoy your spooky spiderweb cupcake treat!

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Abbey Rodriguez is the blogger behind the food blog, The Butter Half, where she shares delicious, simple, and fun recipes for the family. She is a self-taught recipe developer and food photographer, with an eye for sophisticated detail. Her work has been featured leading industry publications such as on Food52, Huffington Post, and POPSUGAR.